Affordable Housing Development in Senegal


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The urbaDTK project aims to develop the capacity of urban planning of the residents of marginalized neighborhoods. The project has its origins in an initiative of a collective of associations of the Djiddah Thiaroye Kao municipalities, which has been exploring sustainable solutions to the regular floodings of the periphery of Dakar since 2005. Currently, the project is being implemented by the Senegalese Federation of Inhabitants, members of Slum Dwellers International, and with the support of urbaSEN, its local support NGO.

Phase 1 (2010 – 2013)  Reduce flooding and real estate risks through coordinated planning

Phase 2 (2014 – 2017) Rebuild 300 flooded houses

  • Strengthen community savings targeted to habitat projects (women’s saving groups)
  • Support residents in project management
  • Strengthen the capacities of local craftspeople
  • Support the development of a national federation with the aim to represent the interests of the inhabitants of marginalized communities.


Author: jcrites

Josh Crites is an American social housing professional with both practical and research experience. He has worked at 3 social housing companies in the USA in roles ranging from policy and operations to process improvement and strategy. Josh is a former Alexander von Humboldt German Chancellor Fellow. During that fellowship, Josh researched and worked with social housing companies in Germany, The Netherlands, Portugal, Scotland, England, Estonia and Spain. He is an avid writer and advocate for the provision of social housing around the world.

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